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Speculation on Eastbourne Buses future

LOCAL press reports in Eastbourne suggest that the borough council is considering selling its majority shareholding in Eastbourne Buses. The company – the world’s first municipal bus operator – runs just under 50 vehicles and is 20 per cent owned by French company Keolis.

Two Conservative non-exec directors have resigned, criticising the ruling LibDems for an alleged lack of support.
Last year the company was the subject of an HSE investigation following two accidents involving its employees, one of which was fatal. It was fined £25,000 for one accident. Earlier this year it was fined £14,000 by the traffic commissioner for failing to operate services on time.

Eastbourne council declined to confirm or deny reports that the company may be for sale.The other major operator in the town is Stagecoach.

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